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Wed Aug 1, 2012, 04:57 PM

NATO should finish job in Afghanistan, Putin says

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - NATO forces should stay in Afghanistan until they have finished their job to ensure stability, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday, criticizing the planned withdrawal of most combat troops by 2014.

Putin reiterated Kremlin concerns that the pull-out of the U.S.-led alliance, due to start next year, will leave the Central Asian region south of Russia vulnerable to militant violence and drug trafficking.

"It is regrettable that many participants in this operation are thinking about how to pull out of there. They took up this burden and should carry it to the end," Putin said at a meeting with paratroopers in the Russian city of Ulyanovsk.

"If there is no order in Afghanistan it will not be calm on our southern borders. The current (Afghan) leadership will have difficulties keeping the situation under control. NATO member states are present there, and are performing this function," he said.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/01/us-russia-nato-afghanistan-idUSBRE87011Q20120801

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Reply NATO should finish job in Afghanistan, Putin says (Original post)
bemildred Aug 2012 OP
Fuddnik Aug 2012 #1
KamaAina Aug 2012 #2
coalition_unwilling Aug 2012 #3
dipsydoodle Aug 2012 #4
Igel Aug 2012 #5
coalition_unwilling Aug 2012 #7
bemildred Aug 2012 #6

Response to bemildred (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 05:00 PM

1. Hey Vlad, you can have it back.

He knows the job will never be finished. He must have an interest in a body bag company.

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Response to bemildred (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 05:12 PM

2. "They took up this burden and should carry it to the end"

Now, now, Vlad. That's no way to talk about your predecessors!

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Response to bemildred (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 05:21 PM

3. Putin's words ilustrate the wisdom in LaRochefoucauld's maxim that "there is

 

something in the misfortune of our friends that does not deeply displease us" (roughly translated).

He's probably laughing up his sleeve as the bitter fruit of Bush's douchebaggery ripens.

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Response to coalition_unwilling (Reply #3)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 05:29 PM

4. Sounds about right

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Response to coalition_unwilling (Reply #3)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 05:31 PM

5. Doesn't apply here.

Putin's not our friend. He's also no friend to Afghanistan. You can push that "overload" button all you want, it doesn't matter. (That was a good one: We said 'reset' in English, and "overburden' in Russian. Or possibly 'burden shifting'.)

And the "bitter fruit" will be more what the Afghans suffer than what we suffered, and the fall out for other Central Asian countries. That includes Russia for this discussion.

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Response to Igel (Reply #5)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 06:17 PM

7. Yipes, I was speaking ironically when i said 'friend'. Putin would like nothing better than

 

for America's imperial hubris to bleed out in the wilds of the Hindu Kush, a trend that is well underway. (Four more NATO troops were killed from hostile fire just today.)

There's plenty of bitter fruit to go around, both for Afghans and for the NATO forces carrying out the occupation.

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Response to coalition_unwilling (Reply #3)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 06:03 PM

6. He's being cute, that's all. nt

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